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Graphic Design Certificate

Graphic Design Certificate

The Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Design provides opportunities for the student to develop fluency in contemporary graphic design issues and techniques. The emphasis of the program is on creative problem-solving abilities, along with an introduction to design techniques and principles.

Students will acquire the basic skills necessary to enter many growing, professional fields. Learn software skills used in the production of graphic design deliverables for clients. Opportunities exist in advertising, print publishing, web publishing, mobile and desktop application design, and corporate communication.

This program has more training and units related to graphic design than the graphic arts programs emphasizes. The classes in the core requirements should be taken in the general order that they are listed.


Career/Transfer Opportunities

Career opportunities include the following: commercial art, print production, web production, graphic arts production, as well as print and electronic publishing.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be proficient in creating graphic design deliverables.
  • Students will be proficient in current software packages used in graphic design production.
  • Students will produce communication materials for clients that are appropriate and effective.

To earn this certificate, students must complete the minimum required courses with a grade of C (or P) or better.


Core Curriculumn Courses (Required)

Code Class Units
GDS 035 Graphic Design I (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Plus one of the following
Code Class Units
GDS 064 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 068 Portfolio Production Studio (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Plus one of the following
Code Class Units
ART 031A Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033A Basic Design: Two-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Plus one of the following
Code Class Units
GDS 062 Digital Illustration with Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 066 Advanced Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Plus one of the following
Code Class Units
GDS 063 Typography (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 067 Graphic Design II (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
Plus ALL of the following
Code Class Units
GDS 045 Web Design and Development 1 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 060 Page Layout (2.0 Lecture / 1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 070 User Experience, Interface, and Multimedia Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 055A Design Agency and Branding (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 085 Professional Portfolio and Design Career Preparation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 2.0
Select an additional course (not already used above) from the following
Code Class Units
ART 031A Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 031B Intermediate Drawing (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033A Basic Design: Two-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 033B Basic Design: Three-Dimensional (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
ART 034A Introduction to Digital Art (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 011 The History of Modern Design (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
GDS 012 History of Photography (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
GDS 015 Photo-Media and Social Change (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
GDS 039A 3D Animation and Modeling (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 046 Web Design and Development 2 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 047 Web Animation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 062 Digital Illustration with Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 063 Typography (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 064 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 066 Advanced Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 067 Graphic Design II (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 068 Portfolio Production Studio (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 073 Digital Photography (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 074 Digital Video Production With Final Cut Pro (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0
GDS 081 Motion Graphics With After Effects (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 3.0

 

Units Required

  Units
Total Required Units 32.0
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